It’s a Gay Thing
By Linda Perine / Democratic Woman’s Club
As you may have noticed, October has not been a happy month for the San Diego LGBT community.
Earlier this month the Harvey Milk American Diner in Hillcrest closed abruptly, bouncing checks to workers and simply failing to pay others, including the Harvey Milk Foundation.
At an October 8 press conference an LA Times reporter began asking questions about allegations of sexual harassment against Republican Carl de Maio. He is an openly gay candidate for the 52nd congressional district.
Both stories have grown into full-fledged embarrassments for the LGBT community. Both stories reflect badly on the judgment and motivations of some of our community’s better known members. Both stories are, and may become more, damaging to our community. But most importantly, and possibly least apparently, both stories are part of a much larger and more corrosive identity crisis in the LGBT community.